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In the mid-1960‘s, little Jimmy Bradley sat in his third-grade classroom staring at a picture on page 98 of his history book; it was a picture of his father. The photograph depicted six soldiers planting a flagpole into the rocks of Iwo Jima, one of the soldiers was Jimmy’s father, John Bradley.

Bradley is the man the second from the right, his elbows extended, firmly holding onto the 100 -pound flag pole. He appears to be supporting most of the weight, as the others help guide it into its resting place. This photograph became symbolic of World War II and Jimmy’s father was a part of history. There he was, right in the middle of the photograph on page 98 of Jimmy’s history book.

Jimmy’s teacher drew the class’s attention to the photograph on page 98 and to the man in the middle of the picture—Jimmy’s Dad, and said, “John Bradley is a hero, and his son is sitting right here with us.” Jimmy was as proud as any son had ever been of his father.

That night, he couldn’t wait for his …
April 4

W. G. Ovens, 1870–1945 (verse 1)
Gladys W. Roberts, 1888–? (verses 2-5)
  To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. (1 Peter 2:21)
Death by crucifixion was one of the worst forms of dying. No Roman citizen was ever crucified; this horrible death was reserved only for Rome’s enemies. The Roman scourge was a most dreadful instrument of torture and suffering. It was made of sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted among the sinews so that every time the lash came down upon a body, these pieces of bone inflicted fearful lacerations and literally tore off chunks of flesh from the person’s bones. This is what Christ endured in accomplishing our redemption. But the physical suffering was not the worst. Rather, the weight of human sin and the separation from God the Father because of His wrath against sin were the real causes of the Savior’s death.
But simply knowing about Christ’s suf…